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Aerospace Team ONLINE

UPDATE #20 - April 24, 1998

PART 1: Upcoming Chats
PART 2: New Bios! Contest Entries!
PART 3: 1903 Wright Flyer Model coming to Ames
PART 4: Sleeping in Space
PART 5: Subscribing & Unsubscribing: How to do it


Thursday, April 30, 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time:
Estela Hernandez, Flight Simulation Engineer

Estela is a flight simulation engineer. She uses math
to build computer models that simulate flying airplanes.
This chat will be in English and Spanish.

Registration information is at
Read her biography prior to joining this chat.

Monday May 4, 1998 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
George Kidwell, Deputy Director of R & D Services for Operations,

George is responsible for directing the wind tunnel operations
at Ames Research Center. There are three major national wind tunnel
complexes at Ames, and each involves many skilled people, very large
amounts of electrical power, a lot of high pressure and high
speed air, and the need to run as quickly as possible while still
maintaining safety and data accuracy.

Registration information is
Read his biography prior to joining this chat.


If you haven't visited the team page lately,
you should.  We've added several interesting biographies recently.
Craig Hange is the researcher who will run the test of the Wright Flyer
model. Loran Haworth flies helicopters and is a research psychologist.
Charles Ingalls is an aerospace engineer who performs simulations.  There
will be a few more coming to so keep checking.

As you know we are holding two contests: "Draw a Picture of an
Airplane" and "Write an Essay Describing the Airplane You
Would Like to Design",

We have received some wonderful entries. Please take a look, if you want
you can send in your comments to slee@mail.arc.nasa.gov and I will post
the feedback to the artists/writers. Winners will be announced next week.


A full-scale replica of the historic 1903 Wright Flyer is coming to
NASA Ames Research Center next week.in preparation for public display this
spring and wind tunnel test in January.

This model was build by members of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American
Institute  of Aeronautics and Astronautics, AIAA. There will be a press
conference here at Ames and I will be there to get the scoop for you.
We plan to add some curriculum and journals on this special upcoming
event. Stay tuned.

[Editor's Note: Ray Oyung is the Research Coordinator for the Fatigue Countermeasures Program. He is studying the effect of sleep
loss on pilots. Read his bio at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/ray.html ]

Sleeping in Space

by Ray Oyung

April 21, 1998

Lots of things have been going on over the last couple of months.
Neurolab is a mission on the Space Shuttle Columbia which launched Friday
April 17, 1998.  The mission will last 16 days and more information on the
entire mission can be read at the following site called NeurOn:

Our piece of the mission is an experiment to determine how well humans
sleep and breath in  space.  Also, we are testing the efficacy
(effectiveness) of synthetic melatonin.  Melatonin is a hormone thats
naturally secreted from the brain at night.  It is thought to be one of
the reasons why we sleep at night and why its harder to sleep during the

Some of the data the astronauts on this mission will be collecting are:
brain wave activity (also called EEG); eye activity (EOG); muscle activity
(EMG); heart activity (ECG); respiration; nasal airflow (through a device
called a thermistor taped under the nose); snoring (through a microphone
taped to the neck); blood oxygen saturation (SaO2); and core body

During the mission, quite a bit of data will be down linked from the
shuttle to the scientists on the ground in the Space Mission Area (SMA) at
Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.  This same experiment will be
conducted by a couple astronauts on STS 95 which will launch in late
October this year.  Ill show you more pictures and give you more
information on a very well know and distinguished individual in our
history of the exporation of Space a little later.  Until then, keep up
the good work at school.

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